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The best UK camping sites where you can disconnect from your busy life

Escape from the city to discover hidden beauty spots

Once upon a time, camping was like Marmite in that you loved or hated it.

However, with the rise of glamping and sites popping up against beautiful backdrops of stunning scenery, suddenly sleeping outdoors feels pretty special.

This, along with the unpredictability of the green, amber and red travel lists at the moment, makes packing up your groundsheet and your tent poles sound not too shabby at all.

But unless you have a boutique ticket for the Glastonbury yurts, where else are you meant to go?!

That’s where we’ve got you covered with our guide to the best camping hotspots in the UK.

[Credit: Woodside Country Park]

Woodside Country Park, Herefordshire

Forget inflatable mattresses and soggy porches, we’re talking glamping pods and Scandinavian lodges galore with first-class camping and caravanning.

Set across 25acres of Herefordshire countryside, Woodside Country Park prides itself on its surroundings just as much as where you can lay your head for the night.

In particular, it boats nine different ponds with the largest one, Cider Mill Pool, doubling up as nature’s swimming pool as kids can jump in from a jetty and splash under the summer rays.

[Credit: Plush Tents Glamping]

Plush Tents Glamping, Chichester

Still not sold on the idea of being away from your bed, then perhaps a hand-crafted Mongolian yurt at Plush Tents Glamping might sway you?

Set in a beautiful woodland, honestly, this oasis of calm is better than some of the hotels we have stayed in!

You’ll be greeted with hand-carved wooden beds, proper mattresses and Egyptian cotton bedding, as well as a wood-burning stove to keep you cosy under the stars.

Better yet, there are flushing toilets and hot showers so you can disconnect from your busy life in comfort. Just don’t forget to put your phone on silent for a while too.

[Credit: Hendra Holiday Park]

Hendra Holiday Park, Cornwall  

Don’t just take our word for it, this little gem was crowned national winner of the Camping and Glamping Awards in 2019.

And the year before that, Hendra Holiday Park took home the title for Platinum Loo of the Year!

This family-run holiday park is surrounded by beautiful countryside and just minutes from Newquay’s famous seven beaches for a true taste of freedom away from the city.

Here, you can choose furnished or unfurnished pods, both of which include heating, electric and decking for those all-important barbecues when the British sunshine behaves.

[Credit: Three Cliffs Bay]

Three Cliffs Bay, Wales

With views that will take your breath away, the beauty spot that is Three Cliffs Bay is worth a day trip even if you don’t camp.

Their sea view pitches look like something out of a Hollywood movie where you can sleep right on the front sloping field that looks down onto the beach.

You can also rent fire pits and picnic tables or be tempted by one of their luxury hampers filled with goodies to greet you on arrival for a taste of that VIP treatment.

[Credit: Canal Camping]

Canal Camping, Norfolk

If you’re not that fussed by alt-camping, where glam trumps Mother Nature, then Canal Camping is your no1 destination.

This glorious location, nestled among the water and the reeds, will really make you feel at one with planet Earth.

Promising a relaxing, natural adventure, you’ll discover clear skies for stargazing and will be able to ride your canoe near the tents to drift along one of the UK’s most unique canals.

While campfires are allowed for toasting marshmallows and those late-night chats, there are also plenty of pubs within walking distance should you fancy mixing it up.

[Credit: The Pig Place]

The Pig Place, Oxfordshire

The name gives away the game here!

Not only does The Pig Place encourage campers from far and wide, and offer child-free areas to relax, they also invite you to visit the animals on their land.

Their adorable rare breed pigs are free to roam outside as nature intended – vegetarians look away now – as the owners say this makes the best tasting bacon and sausages.

Whatever your requirements, from a rasher of bacon to a whole pig, you can visit their farm shop and purchase whatever you like for your camping experience.

If you’re a hotel enthusiast, don’t worry we get it, take a peek at our beach recommendations instead: UK staycation spots.

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